Mass Shooting Outside Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay; 50+ Dead, 406 Sent to Hospital

A gunman reportedly opened fire on a country music concert outside the Mandalay Bay casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Sunday evening.

Fifty-plus people are confirmed dead and there are 200-plus reported injured. One suspect named as Stephen Paddock is confirmed dead by Joseph Lombardo, the sheriff of Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.

Las Vegas Police have closed I-15 from Tropicana to Russell Road, and are asking people on the Strip to avoid the area. Reports indicate at least one gunman opened fire on crowds gathered for the Route 91 Harvest country music fest.

Update — 7:46 a.m. PDT: Jeff Sessions reacts.

Update — 7:41 a.m. PDT: Democratic Congressman from Massachusetts gets classy:

Update — 7:36 a.m. PDT: Killer’s brother interviewed in Florida:

Update — 7:26 a.m. PDT: Ben Rhodes has some thoughts.

Update — 7:19 a.m. PDT: Hillary Clinton has some thoughts.

Update — 7:14 a.m. PDT: Not likely. But time will tell.

Update — 7:01 a.m. PDT:

Update — 6:37 a.m. PDT: Several blown out windows seen on the Mandalay Bay building:

Update — 6:17 a.m. PDT: Paddock’s brother Eric tells the Daily Mail that Stephen was a “normal guy” who must have “snapped” to be able to carry out this attack:

The brother of the Las Vegas shooter said that he was a normal guy who must have ‘snapped’ before carrying out the worst mass shooting in American history.

In an exclusive interview with DailyMail.com, Eric Paddock said that ‘something happened’ to make his brother Stephen kill at least 50 people and injure 200.

Eric said that there was ‘absolutely no indication he could do something like this’ and said that Stephen had no political or religious affiliation.

He said: ‘He was just a guy. Something happened, he snapped or something’.

Speaking from his home in Orlando, Florida, Eric said: ‘We know absolutely nothing, this is just, we are dumbfounded.

Update — 6:14 a.m. PDT:

Update — 6:08 a.m. PDT: Crowd size at the Route 91 festival estimated at 22,000:

Update — 6:03 a.m. PDT:

Update — 6:02 a.m. PDT:

Update — 6:01 a.m. PDT: Audio of the police breaching the suspect’s door:

Update — 5:43 a.m. PDT: Photos from the scene of the attack:

A man in a wheelchair is taken away from the Route 91 Harvest country music festival after apparent gun fire was heard on October 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. There are reports of an active shooter around the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)

A man in a wheelchair is taken away from the Route 91 Harvest country music festival after apparent gun fire was heard on October 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)

People take cover at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival after apparent gun fire was heard on October 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)

A woman sits on a curb at the scene of a shooting outside of a music festival along the Las Vegas Strip, Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, in Las Vegas. Multiple victims were being transported to hospitals after a shooting late Sunday at a music festival on the Las Vegas Strip. (AP Photo/John Locher)

A woman sits on a curb at the scene of a shooting outside of a music festival along the Las Vegas Strip, Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, in Las Vegas. Multiple victims were being transported to hospitals after a shooting late Sunday at a music festival on the Las Vegas Strip. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Update — 5:40 a.m. PDT: “The Clark County Fire Department estimated that approximately 406 people were transported to area hospitals and 50 are dead following Sunday evening’s shooting.”

Update — 5:38 a.m. PDT: Conflicting info — Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department states in a press release that officers found Paddock dead in his hotel room when they breached the door.

Update — 5:20 a.m. PDT: First photo released of Paddock:

Update — 5:11 a.m. PDT: According to USA Today, law enforcement found a “cache of weapons” in Paddock’s hotel room. Law enforcement clarified which floor of the hotel he was shooting from and said they have not yet determined a motive for the attack:

Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said officers determined the gunshots were coming from a room on the 32nd floor of Mandalay Bay complex on the Las Vegas Strip. Officers stormed the room and killed the suspect, Lombardo said.

“Right now, we believe it’s a sole actor, a lone-wolf-type actor,” Lombardo said. He said a motive for the shooting had not yet been determined.

Update — 5:06 a.m. PDT: Police have located Paddock’s roommate Marilou Danley and no longer consider her a person of interest.

Update at 5:03 a.m. PDT: White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders issued this statement –

The President has been briefed on the horrific tragedy in Las Vegas. We are monitoring the situation closely and offer our full support to state and local officials. All of those affected are in our thoughts and prayers.

Update at 5:00 a.m. PDT: Ivanka Trump tweeted –

Update at 4:48 a.m. PDT: Vice President Mike Pence tweeted –

Update at 4:18 a.m. PDT: President Donald J. Trump tweeted –

Update at 3:58 a.m. PDT: LVMPD release contact number to help those looking for family and loved ones.

Update at 3:36 a.m. PDT: Main suspect named by LVMPD as Stephen Paddock. Born 4/9/53.  He had no criminal record [UPDATE 5:10 a.m. PDT – NBC reports Paddock was “known to local law enforcement,” presumably in Mesquite, NV]. Police confirm 50-plus reported as dead. Another 200-plus injured. Two vehicles being sought have been found. A female person of interest has also been found. Deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

Update at 3:32 a.m. PDT:

Update at 2:48 a.m. PDT: Mandalay Bay Resort, from where the suspect in the deadly Las Vegas attack carried out his shooting spree, has tweeted that its “thoughts and prayers are with the victims of last night’s tragic events.”

The hotel posted a statement from MGM Resorts, explaining that all hotels nearby remain in lockdown.

Update at 2:26 a.am. PDT: The mayor of Las Vegas, Carolyn G. Goodman, tweeted her gratitude to the first responders who were called to the scene at the Route 91 Harvest Festival.

Update 1:52 a.m. PDT: Jason Aldean, who was performing onstage as the shooting began, released a statement via Instagram:

Tonight has been beyond horrific. I still dont know what to say but wanted to let everyone know that Me and my Crew are safe. My Thoughts and prayers go out to everyone involved tonight. It hurts my heart that this would happen to anyone who was just coming out to enjoy what should have been a fun night. #heartbroken #stopthehate

Update 1:40 a.m. PDT: Las Vegas Police Department Sheriff Joe Lombardo says that the gunman is local and that the police do not believe it is an act of terror. He also says that police are looking for the gunman’s roommate, an Asian female named Mari Lou Danley — approximately 4’11”. Police also indicated that they are looking for two vehicles, as follows:

Some of the off-duty police officers attending the event were killed, he says.

Update 1:37 a.m. PDT: Las Vegas Police Department Sheriff Joe Lombardo has confirmed “in excess of 100 plus injured, 20 plus dead.”

Update 1:35 a.m. PDT: A police officer from Bakersfield, California, was among the wounded, with non-life-threatening injuries. He was attending the concert with other off-duty officers:

Update 1:15 a.m. PDT: Eyewitness video has emerged of country music star Jason Aldean performing as the gunshots rang out, then running from the stage:

Video has also emerged of volunteers moving the victims to safety from the scene:

Update 1:05 a.m. PDT: The local Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that a police source says that “at least 20” were killed in the shooting.

Update 1:00 a.m. PDT: According to a local reporter on the scene, the downed suspect was on a high floor of the hotel:

Update 12:57 a.m. PDT: Another angle of the shooting has emerged, apparently filmed from across the plaza to the south:

Update 12:35 a.m. PDT: Los Angeles-based ABC News affiliate KABC reports, via an emergency medical technician onsite, that there may have been multiple gunmen on separate floors of the Mandalay Bay hotel firing into the crowd. However, Las Vegas police indicate: “At this time we do not believe there are any more shooters.”

Update 12:22 a.m. PDT: Reuters reports that 14 of those who arrived at area hospitals are “critically wounded”:

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AP Photo

GRAPHIC Las Vegas shooting 3 (David Becker / Getty)

LAS VEGAS, NV – OCTOBER 01: (EDITORS NOTE: Image contains graphic content.) A person lies on the ground covered with blood at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival after apparent gun fire was heard on October 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. There are reports of an active shooter around the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)

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Country music singer Jason Aldean was reportedly wrapping up his music set when the attack occurred. Video footage posted to social media captures the sound of rapid gunfire.

(Original source for video above: Vincent Sager via Instagram.)

A witness told CNN that “the shots just kept coming,” and that people hid wherever they could, including under parked cars.

Las Vegas police shut down the entire sector south of Tropicana Boulevard, including the interstate:

Las Vegas police indicate the attack was centered around the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino:

According to the New York Times, “several SWAT teams were sent to [Mandalay Bay].” McCarran International Airport, which is just east of the Mandalay Bay, suspended flights in light of the attack.

The AP reports that “multiple victims have been transported to hospitals,” and University Medical Center spokeswoman Danita Cohen said they have received “‘several’ people with gunshot wounds.” Los Angeles-based KABC reports that “at least 20 victims” have been treated and that one witness said, “There was blood everywhere.”

Just before midnight local time, Las Angeles Police confirmed that one suspect is down:

AWR Hawkins is the Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and host of Bullets with AWR Hawkins, a Breitbart News podcast. He is also the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at awrhawkins@breitbart.com.

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